We have permanent steps & a railing!
Well, we’ve been living in our tiny house on wheels for a little more than 2.5 months now… actually for as long as we waited for it to be built! How fast the time flies. It’s been quite the journey trying to get settled in 100%, and though we’re close, we’re still not quite there yet.
But what we do have is a fully functional, comfortable home. Jim and I discussed it this morning (seems we are endlessly reflecting on this) and we still love living in a tiny house, especially this one! Our house suits us perfectly. There is nothing that we don’t have that we need, including plenty of space to live and thrive as a couple and as individuals.
We’ve already had plenty of cold weather here in southwestern Colorado (though not much snow yet), and we’ve been doing fine. Jim’s creative, jury-rigged water pipe insulation system is working like a charm. Temps in single digits and nary a frozen pipe anywhere! He’ll have to do a video soon outlining exactly what he did.
Our 2 electric convection heaters are getting the job done fairly adequately and not costing too much so far. We are keeping our house cooler than we did in Boise, but honestly, it’s been OK. The coldest times are at night and we’re under our electric blankets then, so it’s fine.
We got our permanent front steps built, which include a 6 foot wide platform that is 4 feet deep. So, plenty of room for 2 or 3 people to stand comfortably at the door. In nice weather, we may even be able to fit a chair on the mini-deck. We also built a matching redwood tone railing!
Jim has laid 12″ patio pavers down as a sort of sidewalk out to our cars and back to the shed. They also are helping us not to step down on to mud off our wood steps. He also added some river rock around them in places. Our lot needs a lot of landscaping work, but that will have to wait till next spring/summer. Meanwhile, we’re controlling the mud best we can.
We’ve started moving even more stuff from our storage unit over to our shed and storage benches. We may need another small shed to hold all our outdoor toys and Jim’s tools. Our indoor storage in the house is pretty maxed out. Once we deliver stuff that our kids wanted from our old home, we hope to pretty much have the storage unit emptied out, which will be a relief, financially.
Kathi lounging with the kitties
Inside projects are pretty much done, except… I’m really not liking the curtains I hung over the stairstep storage cubbies. Yes, they’ve made things look neater, but they just don’t work very well for getting into the cubbies and honestly, I don’t love how they look aesthetically. We want to install hinged doors. Trying to keep costs down and repurpose the fabric I bought for the curtains, we’re going to experiment with making a frame and stapling the fabric to it for a door, then adding hinges and a latch. I think this will look nice and be cost effective. I may dye the fabric. The kitties will not be happy, though. They love hiding in a couple of the cubbies. 🙂
One of the things we loved about our house when we moved in were the clean lines and uncluttered appearance. We are now left trying to strike a balance between making the house “homey” with some of our sentimental knickknacks and pictures, etc. vs. cluttering it up. I’m not sure how we’re going to resolve this in the end.
I’ve read a few articles and posts on Facebook where people learned that tiny house living really didn’t suit them, for various reasons. As I said, Jim and I talk about this all the time, and I really don’t see that happening for us. We are beyond content and I honestly can’t see why that will ever change. We don’t miss our “stuff”… we were never interested in impressing or trying to keep up with the neighbors… we like not paying more than $1000/month just to a mortgage. We like a simpler life. It might not be for everyone, but it was definitely the right choice for US.
Until next time,